The Houston Dynamo won a dramatic penalty kick shootout with LAFC and Cory Burke scored a pair of goals in the Philadelphia Union’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire in the 2018 US Open Cup Semifinals. Photos: Houston Dynamo / Philadelphia Union
There were only two games in the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Semifinals, but there were plenty of impressive individual performances to choose from for TheCup.us Player of the Round. The staff of TheCup.us and a select panel from the North American Soccer Reporters will be voting for the award and while the votes are being cast and tallied up, check out the list of nominees below (in alphabetical order) and tell us who YOU think deserves to win on Facebook or Twitter:
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union, MLS): Bedoya started and played all 90 minutes and assisted on both of Cory Burke’s goals in a 3-0 home win over the Chicago Fire (MLS).
Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union, MLS): Burke started and played 81 minutes and scored the first two goals for the Union in a 3-0 home win over the Chicago Fire (MLS).
Jack Elliott (Philadelphia Union, MLS): Elliott started in place of the injured Mark McKenzie and played 90 minutes was part of a Union defense that held the Chicago Fire to just eight shots and goalkeeper Andre Blake only had to make one save in Philadelphia’s 3-0 home win over Chicago.
Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo, MLS): Rodriguez came off the bench in the 72nd minute and scored the third goal of the game three minutes later in the Houston Dynamo’s 3-3 draw (7-6 PK win) over LAFC (MLS). Rodriguez also converted his PK attempt in the shootout.
Diego Rossi (Los Angeles FC, MLS): Rossi scored all three goals for LAFC and played all 120 minutes in a 3-3 road draw (7-6 PK loss) at the Houston Dynamo. Down 3-1, Rossi scored to make it 3-2 and then his third goal came deep in second half stoppage time to force extra time. He also converted his penalty kick attempt in the shootout. He is the first Modern Era player (and the first Uruguayan) to score a hat trick in the Semifinals.
Andrew Wenger (Houston Dynamo, MLS): Wenger scored the Dynamo’s first goal of the game in the 12th minute (answering an early goal by Diego Rossi) and he started and played the entire 120 minutes in Houston’s 3-3 draw vs. LAFC (MLS). Wenger also converted the second-to-last PK in the shootout in Round 7.